Health

Staff care for a Covid-19 patient at Oregon Health & Science University.

Oregon nursing group, resigned to mandate, wants ‘bold’ action to address staffing shortages

BY: - October 8, 2021

With the Covid-19 vaccine mandate looming, the Oregon Nurses Association stepped into the fray on Thursday, calling on the state to take “bold” action to give relief to nurses strained by exhausting shifts relief and to train a new corps. In a news conference, association officials called on hospitals to allow nurses to take true […]

Oregon Health Authority advises employers to be flexible in enforcing Oct. 18 vaccine mandate

BY: - October 6, 2021

The Oregon Health Authority has advised the state and employers of health care staff, educators and others facing the Oct. 18 vaccine mandate not to fire employees over the deadline. “Everybody doesn’t need to turn into a pumpkin on the 18th,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority. “But they can’t be in […]

Dr. Dean Sidelinger

Dr. Dean Sidelinger: Big-picture team player in Oregon public health

BY: - October 5, 2021

At 50, there’s a lot that Dr. Dean Sidelinger could brag about. He earned a doctor of medicine degree from a highly ranked university and added a master’s in education. As a pediatrician, he trained younger physicians and helped shape medical curricula.  Then he went into public health.  For nearly 15 years as a health […]

Oregon safety officials field avalanche of mask-related complaints

BY: - October 5, 2021

In one month, Oregonians filed nearly 3,000 complaints against employers alleging violations of Gov. Kate Brown’s latest indoor mask mandate, but less than 1% has faced inspection. Oregon Occupational Safety & Health, which investigates workplace violations, is scrambling to keep up with an avalanche of complaints related to COVID-19. The new mandate went into effect […]

Close up of patient getting a Covid-19 shot.

Rural counties on their own if COVID-19 vaccine mandate causes staff shortages

BY: - October 5, 2021

SALEM – Rural counties that fear first responders will quit in bulk ahead of a mid-October vaccine mandate need to come up with their own solutions instead of relying on the state, according to state officials. Several rural counties have already declared emergencies based on their conclusion that firefighters, paramedics, teachers and health care workers […]